Christophe and Aziz discuss what to do about the note and how to handle Dos Santos's servants knowing about it. The Lasombra is blinded by the possibility of seeing Sabine again and simply does not care.
Aziz decides to come along to the tavern where "Big-Sister" can be contacted, while Colino stays in the accommodations.
The tavern is located in the central part of the city closest to the harbour. It is a three-story stone building with large terraces where wealthy european merchants and the nobles come to drink their troubles away. Christophe asks the guards at the front for Sabine, Aziz playing the servant. They are perplexed to have such a request from a child at two in the morning, but go to check. Soon Fatima, whom Christophe recognizes as Sabine's servant from Jerusalem, comes to let them in and guides them up the stairs to the top floor.
Here the young Lasombra has a less passionate reunion than he had hoped; Sabine treating him more like a long lost friend than a lover. Still, they reminisce and again seek each other's comfort in their shared loathing of their sires. Sabine tells him of trouble brewing in Jerusalem and its escalating Kindred conflict. Abdullah has forced her to seduce many a mortal to let him gain favor and protection with the Knights Templar. She also tells of new business ties at Jaffa, where Christophe too could profit if he would let her. Over the coming nights they come to terms regarding this.
While the reunion is going on Aziz catches one of Dos Santos servants outside spying and sends him on his way, intimidating him when he hesitates.
When they get back Abraham tells the coterie that the prospected ghouls need to be made aware of what tomorrow night's ritual will mean.
Aziz decides to tell Hisham as much of the truth as he can handle. The persian wants to save the labourer from certain death by sharing with him God's Gift, as he himself was saved. By the analogy of drinking the blood of Christ at communion, Aziz is able to convince Hisham to literally do the same with his.
Colino tells Sven that he has been chosen into a brotherhood of blood, also basing his argument somewhat on christian ideology. The norse is suspicious but agrees to at least come along when he is reassured that it is not witchcraft.
Christophe slowly convinces Amad that he will be part of an initiation rite of a secret society which controls those that govern, playing on the captain's greed and lust for power. The franc is overjoyed to be part of it.